I saw in a few places that when they write Malachi, in parentheses they write Ezra. Does that mean that some people agree that they are one person?

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Yes, there is such an opinion in the Talmud (Megillah 15a):

"It is taught in a baraita: Rabbi Yehoshua ben Korḥa said: Malachi is in fact Ezra."

This view has been accepted by many, although there are those that disagree, including right there in the Talmud.

  • So what should I teach my students? What is the most accepted idea?
    – Sarah
    Dec 19, 2021 at 20:18
  • @Sarah I'm not a teacher. It's up to you, really, although there's always the third option: "...and there are many that say that Ezra is Malachi etc". You know - sort of neutral. But I've heard great classes about the character of Ezra based on either view - some that hold he was Malachi and some that hold that he wasn't. Holding that he wasn't doesn't diminish his character.
    – Harel13
    Dec 19, 2021 at 20:20
  • The gemara there also brings a second opinion that malachi hanovi could also be mordechai from the purim story and a third opinion that he is neither ezra hasofer or mordechai. interesting to note that the traditional yahrtzeit of ezra hasofer is 9 teves while malachi is said to have been niftar on 10 teves, this may suggest they are different characters
    – ezra
    Dec 19, 2021 at 22:19
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    @ezra or he died bein hashemashot
    – Double AA
    Dec 19, 2021 at 23:38
  • @ezra True. I alluded to other options at the end of the answer.
    – Harel13
    Dec 20, 2021 at 6:21

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